Has a layer of winter grime taken over your New York City apartment? Then it’s time for a little spring cleaning. With space at a premium in most NYC pads, it’s important to stay on top of the clutter so you can fully enjoy your place. After a day spent in the urban jungle, it’s nice to go home to a clean and inviting apartment. Here’s what you need to know to get it done.

Tidy up like Marie Kondo

If you haven’t checked out Tidying Up With Marie Kondo on Netflix yet, what are you waiting for? Based on the book The Life Changing Magic of Tidying Up, Kondo outlines how to take control of your stuff one category at a time. Her method focuses on only keeping items that spark joy. Who doesn’t want to be surrounded by stuff that only makes you feel happy? Though this method can be time-consuming, the upshot is that you only have to do it once.

Get cash for your clothes

Once you’ve curated your closet, you’ll probably have a pile of clothes left over. You could be a Good Samaritan and donate those clothes to charity. But you could also make a little moolah by selling them online. Let’s face it – couldn’t you use a little extra spending cash? You could make enough to treat yourself to a spa day after working so hard to get your apartment cleaned up. Some of the best-reviewed websites for selling secondhand clothes include thredUP and Poshmark. If your taste tends towards designer threads, try LePrix (formerly known as Snobswap).

Make your own cleaning products

Yes, spring cleaning is good for your health – unless, of course, you’re using toxic cleaning supplies. Instead of washing down your place with a bottle of Clorox, think about making your own non-toxic cleaning products. You only need a few simple ingredients that you probably already have in your apartment. This includes baking soda, white vinegar, lemon juice, and olive oil. Make them (and your place) smell nice with the addition of essential oils.

Don’t forget your digital life

While you’re cleaning up your apartment, it wouldn’t hurt to spend a little time cleaning up your digital life. When was the last time you organized files on your computer or deleted unused apps on your phone? After you’ve gotten your computer under control, make sure to back it up with an external hard drive or cloud storage. We’re guessing your social media could use some attention, too. Isn’t it time to finally unfollow (or unfriend) that person from high school who makes you crazy? Finally, hit that email inbox and unsubscribe to all those marketing emails that usually go straight into the trash.

Hire a cleaning service

Does all this leave you feeling exhausted? There’s no shame in hiring a cleaning service to get the job done. Whether you need help scrubbing your tub, editing your closet, or organizing an unruly kitchen, there’s someone in the city who is ready to help you.

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